Prince Charles is reportedly preparing to take over leadership of the Royals when the Queen turns 95.
Prince Charles recently met senior royals at Sandringham to discuss the mushrooming fallout from his brother, Prince Andrew’s, disastrous BBC interview about his links to Jeffery Epstein.
His mother Queen Elizabeth who will turn 95 in 18 months will be the same age at which her husband Prince Philip withdrew from his public duties.
Prince Charles’ key role in “retiring” Prince Andrew from public life has fed speculation he is preparing to become “shadow King”, which would see him control day-to-day royal affairs while his mother remains monarch.
There is talk among courtiers that she may use the milestone to allow her son to become Prince Regent, the Sun reports.
A royal source told the paper: “The scandal surrounding Andrew and Epstein gave Charles an opportunity to step in to show that he can run The Firm. No one is bigger than the institution of the Royal Family. Not even Andrew, the Queen’s favourite son.
“Charles recognised that and acted decisively — like the king he may well soon be. This was the moment when Charles stepped up as Prince Regent, the Shadow King”